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Tasty Tuesday: Apple Walnut Bundt

IMG_0446 copyRecipe Below

This cake is one of my favorites! It is so easy to make and really looks so pretty when you cut into it. I originally found this recipe on food network and just couldn’t resists. Their chef Giada created this Apple Walnut cake and it just looked delicious. Of course I have the habit of adding my own twist to recipes and let me just say this was a hit.

I have the tendency to always add a slight bit more vanilla than recommended but that is because I think it helps to round out the delicious flavors. Make sure that you taste your batter and adjust the vanilla to the level that you like. This is her basic recipe and again feel free to adjust the amount of vanilla extract. For the batter i used an additional 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and it was tasty. For the frosting make sure that you add water to get it to the consistency that you like. Start off with less water and slowly add more, by adding a little at a time you will make sure that you don’t make it thinner than you like.

For more cake ideas for a nice holiday party scroll down to the bottom.

Apple walnut Happy Baking!

Cake:
3 medium green apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups maple syrup
3 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped walnuts
 
Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoon water, plus extra, as needed 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
 
Directions

1.     For the cake: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally butter and flour a 10-inch fluted tube or Bundt pan. Set aside.

2.     In a large bowl, mix together the apples, maple syrup, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. In batches, mix the dry ingredients into the apple mixture. Stir in the walnuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes and invert onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the icing: In a food processor or with a hand mixer, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, cream cheese, 3 tablespoons water, and vanilla. Process until smooth, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing is pourable. Spoon the icing over the cake and allow to set for 20 minutes before slicing.

 

For More dessert recipes try:
Pumpkin and Maple Frosting
Cream cheese Pecan Pie
Carrot Cake
 
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Tasty Tuesday: Coconut Curry Shrimp

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So I love trying new recipes and have a secret obsession with cookbooks. Thank goodness for my kindle or I would have cook books everywhere! This delicious recipe comes from Ree Drummond and it is really delicious! I had no choice but to adapt the recipe when I found out I had no limes in the house. Below you will find a copy of her recipe minus the lime. I will admit that I added more Sriracha to the recipe because I like it spicy.  I also added cornstarch to the recipe just to thicken the sauce a little. I do not like my curry to be runny. I like it thick. So here is the recipe, but like I always say tweak it to your taste. Ultimately it is just a guideline. Oh and I served this over Jasmine rice and some veggies but you can do whatever you like. ~Enjoy and happy cooking~ 

 

Coconut curry shrimp

Tasty Tuesday: Salted Caramel Frosting

salted caramel frosting

There is a story behind why I tried to create a salted caramel frosting. I was at this session learning about the healthcare ICD10 codes and was trying to convince one of the main guys to let us leave early because I had to drive 2 hours all the way back home and I did not want to hit rush hour. So we struck a deal. He would see if he could cut the training short and in return he wanted salted caramel cupcakes. And so a delicious recipe was born. The recipe is down below and I seriously recommend using it on chocolate cake and drizzling the top of the frosting with even more of the salted caramel and chopped pecans. It really kicks it up a notch.

Salted Caramel

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Chicken and broccoli shells

I love stuffed shells, I could seriously eat a pan by myself. Most people make them with cheese and a red sauce, but after trying Sandra Lee’s recipe it is hard to go back to that. This recipe is so delicious and honestly simple to make. A little cheat is to use a rotisserie chicken for the meat instead of having to cook the chicken yourself. It makes the whole process a lot smoother. Seriously, this is a delicious dinner and once you have these shells it will be hard to go back to the original.

chicken and broccoli stuffed shell

 

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Icebox cake

icebox cake

I am apparently one of those people who have lived under a rock all my life. The first time I ever had icebox cake was 5 years ago when Chris gave me a piece and I fell in love. Of course I never attempted to make my own before because his mom always made it on the holidays so why make it? Well, Chris and I will celebrating holidays in our own place soon so it was time to learn how to make this. The first time I tried to make this I used instant pudding and while it was a tasty parfait it certainly could not be called a cake. So that is the most important part to this cake….use the pudding that you have to boil on the stove! Do not make the same mistake I did. Oh and tip #2 let it set overnight! So lets get to it! below you will find a picture of the recipe and if you click it then you will be able to print it out. Let me know how your icebox cake comes out 🙂

~Happy Caking 😉 ~

Chocolate Icebox cake recipe

 

Tasty Tuesday: A Thanksgiving Treat- Apple Walnut Bundt

IMG_0446 copyRecipe Below

I have posted this recipe before, but it really is excellent as a Thanksgiving dessert! Heck, it is a great dessert any day of the week! The reason I love it so much is because it really looks like it is so fancy and hard to make but it isn’t at all! The hardest part is waiting for it to cool so that you could eat it! I originally found this recipe on food network and just couldn’t resists. Their chef Giada created this Apple Walnut cake and it just looked delicious. Of course I have the habit of adding my own twist to recipes and let me just say this was a hit.

I have the tendency to always add a slight bit more vanilla than recommended but that is because I think it helps to round out the delicious flavors. Make sure that you taste your batter and adjust the vanilla to the level that you like. This is her basic recipe and again feel free to adjust the amount of vanilla extract. For the batter i used an additional 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and it was tasty. For the frosting make sure that you add water to get it to the consistency that you like. Start off with less water and slowly add more, by adding a little at a time you will make sure that you don’t make it thinner than you like.

For more cake ideas for a nice holiday party scroll down to the bottom.

 Happy Baking!

Cake:
3 medium green apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups maple syrup
3 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped walnuts
 
Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoon water, plus extra, as needed 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
 
Directions

1.     For the cake: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally butter and flour a 10-inch fluted tube or Bundt pan. Set aside.

2.     In a large bowl, mix together the apples, maple syrup, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. In batches, mix the dry ingredients into the apple mixture. Stir in the walnuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes and invert onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the icing: In a food processor or with a hand mixer, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, cream cheese, 3 tablespoons water, and vanilla. Process until smooth, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing is pourable. Spoon the icing over the cake and allow to set for 20 minutes before slicing.

 

For More dessert recipes try:
Pumpkin and Maple Frosting
Cream cheese Pecan Pie
Carrot Cake
 

A Tasty Treat on a Tuesday: Mini Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

CheesecakeAs promised I will begin doing my Tuesday Treat posts starting today! I am all about balance and I believe you should never deny yourself from having a little treat once in a while. That is why I wanted to start with this cheesecake. I used premade mini crusts from the store but if you prefer making your own crust click here. The best part about making the individual mini’s is that it is really hard to over eat. Just sit down with your small cheesecake and enjoy. This is a basic recipe and requires very little effort, which is always a good thing. Seriously, this will probably be the easiest recipe you will make!

Ingredients:

mini premade pie crusts
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place all your mini crusts on a cookie sheet. This will make your life easier when you try and get the cheesecakes out of the oven.

3. Place the cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender. Blend well, you should not see any chunks of cream cheese, it should be smooth.

4. Pour mixture into individual crusts. Unlike cupcakes you want to make sure that you get each crust filled to the top.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes  or until the center is  just barely firm to your touch.  With these little cheesecake they will puff up right when they are almost ready. Caution: keep your eye on the cheesecake. You do not want it to over cook. As mentioned before the center should be slightly firm to the touch and as it cools it will firm up even more.

6. Let cool for at least 2 hours. You want a nice cool cheesecake not a warm one.

7. Once it is ready to eat top it with a dollop of cool whip and eat. If you want to add a little wow factor drizzle it with some caramel and sprinkle on a little pumpkin spice.

~Happy Baking~

Regular Tacos…No Way! How About A Taco Bowl?!

Taco Bowl

So maybe it isn’t the best picture in the world, but this is a homemade taco-bowl. I didn’t spend that lovely $10-15 on that “as soon on tv” pan, or spend the money to buy them premade.  And the best parts about making them at home is that they will be healthier (normally if you buy these they are fried) and you can really make them out of any wrap flavor you want! Plus to make the shells it only takes about 10 minutes per set! All you need is a muffin tin and you are good to go!

Once you make your bowl you can fill it with whatever you like! I personally prefer rice, beans, red onions, lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream. But that is just me go wild!

Ingredients:
Soft shell tortilla wrap (burrito size)
Cooking Spray
Your favorite seasonings (I used Adobo)
 
Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Take a tortilla shell and lightly spray one side with your cooking spray. Sprinkle you seasoning onto the side with adobo (it’s a Goya product that has salt pepper, garlic, and magical goodness in a bottle) or whatever spice you like.

3. Turn your muffin tin upside down and place your tortillas sprayed side out into each crevice. Make sure that you flatten the bottoms out so that you can fill it as much as possible. They will look like the picture below.

you can fit approx 4 tortillas per pan.
You can fit approx 4 tortillas per pan but I only needed 3.

4. Bake for 10 minutes or until you notice that they feel firm. You must keep an eye on them because the edges can start turning dark brown. Once you touch the raised part and see that they are firm remove from the oven.

5. Let cool for 5 Minutes. They will continue to harden as they cool.

6. Fill with your favorite fillings and enjoy!

~Happy Baking~

Turn Ordinary Cake Mix Into Portable Tiny Treats!

Basic Poppet

The Basic Poppet

So it has been a while since I have posted anything for Tasty Tuesday. I apologize but time has not been on my side. Thankfully I still have been able to keep up with my workouts but life is too short not to eat sweets. It is all about moderation! So anyway…these are my new creation. I call them Poppets. It is getting warm out and starting to become picnic weather, and while I love cupcakes I wanted more portability.  I will admit I am a little touched in the head and if I am going to bake a cupcake it must look beautiful upon arrival. Yes, I do put my cupcake carrier in a seat belt when I drive. I want those puppies intact 🙂 While walking through a store I saw this baking pan for these things called cakepops…and will I bought it. Yay impulse buys.  Imagine 2 pans that make half circles…that is what you need if you want to try making these. You can find them at your local craft stores or places like Target’s baking pan aisle.

This pan can open up a whole new world for you! The combinations are endless and the pan size that I bought is small enough to fit in a toaster oven so yay! If you have a boxed cake mix just use it, the results will still be great! So what makes a Poppet a Poppet? Well it is cake in the center, a nice chocolate (or any flavor) coating, and fun decorations.  You chill them so the outer later gets nice and hard, and you can load them in a Tupperware and be on your way. These turn an ordinary box mix into something people will think you spend hours on! I do recommend 2 little pans if possible to just make the production faster, but if you just want to try it out go with 1. Also if you want to add spots of color to your cake, just add a few sprinkles into the batter! It might seem like a lot of steps but it really is an easy recipe. If you know how to make box cake mix you are half way there!

Ingredients
Yellow cake mix (follow directions on the back of the box.)
16 oz chocolate candy melts
round sprinkles
wax paper (to place poppets on)

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit Make your cake mix according to the directions on the box. Set aside.

2. Carefully grease both sides of your cake-pop pan. This is very important because you do not want your cake to stick to the pan!.

3. Take some of the batter and place it in a pastry bag (if you don’t have a pastry bag just get a ziplock bag and cut the tip.) Squeeze enough batter into the side without the holes in the center. Batter only needs to go on the one side, make sure you fill them enough where it is slightly higher in the center. The little cakes will rise and fill out the empty side of the pan.

4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. (that is what that little hole is for)

5. Remove from oven and let the pan cool for 10-15 minutes! Do not attempt to pull apart this pan before this time. Trust me in will only result in you crying because you broke all of them in half.

6. After the pan is cooled carefully remove the top. You may need to use a knife to get it open, just be careful.

7. To remove cakes from pan gently wiggle them around in a circular fashion or gently use a knife. I recommend the wiggle. Place on a cooling rack.

8. While the poppets cool take a nice wide deep  cup (like the ones you can use to eat soup out of) and fill it slightly above halfway with the chocolate wafers. Microwave for 1 minute or until chocolate is fully melted. If after one minute it is not melted then put in in for another 30 seconds.

9. Take a poppet and place it in the chocolate. Spoon the chocolate over the poppet until it is fully covered. With a fork gently remove the poppet, tapping gently on cup to remove excess chocolate.

10. Place on a place covered with wax paper. Immediately cover in sprinkles or nuts.

11. Repeat with remaining poppets. Place in the refrigerator for at least 10-15 minutes. You want to make sure the coating is nice and hard.

12. EAT!

 

~Happy Baking~

Forget Plain Deviled Eggs…Embrace the Rainbow

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Easter is coming and everyone is out and about stuffing eggs with candy or doing cute crafts like dying eggs in  preparation for Sunday. It is nice to dye the shells of your hard-boiled egg…but once you remove the shell they are just ordinary eggs. I prefer to make things a little more extraordinary and just dye the egg itself. They look cute and really just add a nice touch to your table. It is pretty much the same process where you use water and food coloring. The only difference is that you are forgetting about the eggshell and going right to the egg white itself.

 Below I included the instructions for basic colored eggs, crackled effect eggs, and a regular deviled egg recipe. Trying to give you as many options as possible. In my deviled eggs I use Goya Adobo with the red cap, you can find it in the ethnic aisle. This is a stable in my household (like in most hispanic houses) but you can substitute it with salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder. Really you can make it whatever way you prefer. Just have fun with it.

~Happy Egg Dying~

Ingredients: 
12 Hard boiled Eggs
6 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
1/2 Tablespoon Grey Poupon Country Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Goya Adobo
3 diced rings of jarred jalapeño
Food coloring (neon colors)

 For the Colored Eggs:

1. Make sure that you have boiled and cooled off your hardboiled eggs.  Set aside six small bowls halfway with water (or more depending on the amount of colors that you want). Add food coloring to the water. The more drops you use the darker the color will become. On average 10 drops of dye should give you a nice color, but the back of the box should give you an idea on how much to use. The water will look darker than the actual color will be.

2. Remove the egg from the shell. Let sit in the dye from anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the intensity of the color you want. If you want to add streaks of color to the egg then place very small drops of color on the actual egg itself.

3. After you reach your desired color rinse them off and let your imagination go wild. I turned mine into deviled eggs, but you can slice them up in your salad for a little color, or just have a cool colored deviled egg to eat.

*For a little extra fun if you are making deviled eggs remove the yoke and place the egg face down in about a tablespoon of the dye. This way the rim of the deviled egg is colorful too!

 For Crackled Effect:

1.  Make sure your hardboiled egg has cooled.

2. Gently crack the surface of the egg-shell. You really need to be gentle so that you don’t just have blotches of color. Place in the dye and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes on each side.

3. For more intense color just take the bottle of food color and place a dot of color over the cracks. Again allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes so that the dye penetrates the egg white.

4. Remove egg-shell and rinse off.

For Deviled Egg:

1. Boil your eggs for at least 10 minutes. Drain the water and rinse off with cold water. You may want to put the eggs in a bowl of ice water to make it easier to remove the shell.

2. Remove the shell and cut each egg in half lengthwise.

3. Remove each yoke and place them in a bowl. Repeat this for each egg.

4. With a fork mash together the yolk, adobo (or salt, pepper), jalapeno, mayonnaise, and mustard together. Make sure you do this to taste. If your  egg mixture is not smooth add more mayonnaise and mustard. You want it to be nice and smooth.

5. Take the egg mixture and put it in a ziplock bag (if you do not have a pastry bag.) and gently squeeze it all into one corner. Remove the tip of the ziplock bag and gently squeeze into each egg half.

6. Enjoy 🙂

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